Ardent Studios

  • 2000 Madison Ave
  • Memphis TN 38104
  • Website

The Scoop

Ardent Studios began its rich history with early classics by Sam & Dave, Led Zeppelin, Isaac Hayes and Leon Russell, then scored hits in the 70s, 80s and 90s with such artists as James Taylor, ZZ Top, REM and Bob Dylan. The legacy continues in the new millenium with hits recorded by The White Stripes, Cat Power, and North Mississippi Allstars.

ROOM RATES with ENGINEER (hourly): Contact for Rates
Clients/Credits: Guy Sebastian, The White Stripes, The Raconteurs, Cat Power, M.I.A., 3 Doors Down, Gin Blossoms, R.E.M., Skillet, Todd Agnew, John Hiatt, Black Snake Moan (Movie Score), Hustle & Flow (Movie Score), The Great Debaters (Movie Score & Soundtrack), The Replacements, Steve Earle, Afghan Whigs, Soundgarden, Big Star, ZZ Top, Alex Chilton, Dave Matthews, North Mississippi Allstars, Bob Dylan, Booker T & The MGs, B. B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimmie Vaughan
Associated/Partnered With: Ardent Music, Ardent Records
Special Features: Large Tracking Room, History, Defender arcade machine, Plate Reverbs, Echo Chambers, Neumann VMS 70 cutting lathe, Steinway Grand Piano, Private Lounge


Consoles, DAWs, Tape Machines: 60×48 Neve VR60 console with Flying Faders Automation (Studio A), SSL 6056E console with G computer (Studio B), SSL Duality (Studio C), SSL Alpha Link Live, Pro Tools HD3, Studer 827 24-Track Tape Machine (16 track head assembly available by advance reservation), Studer A820 1" 8-track, Studer A80RC 1/2" 2-track, MCI JH10 1/2" 2-track, MCI JH10 1/4" 2-track
Outboard Gear: dbx 165, dbx 160, (2) dbx 263X De-Esser, Lucas Limiting Amplifier, Aphex Model 612, Quantec Room Simulator, AMS rmx 16 digital reverberation system, (2) Yamaha SPX90, (3) Yamaha Rev 5, Eventide H3500-Ultra Harmonizer w. 22.5 seconds of sampling, Lexicon LXP-15, Roland SDE 3000 Digital Delay, EMT 140, Cranesong HEDD, Summit Audio EQP-200B, Empirical Labs distressor EL8-X, Universal Audio 176 Tube Compressor, Pultec EQP 1A, Drawmer DL251, Fairchild 660, Fairchild 670, Altec 436C, Gates STA-Level, Urei 1178, Valley People 440
Microphones: AKG C452 EB with CK62-ULS Omni Capsules, AKG C451 E, C460 B, C414 B-ULS, D12E, C422, C414 EB, D112; beyerdynamics M201, Earthworks TC30, Earthworks SR30, Sennheiser MD441, Neumann U64, Neumann KM86i, Neumann U87, Neumann U67, Neumann KM84, Neumann M249, Neumann U47 FET, Rode Classic, Altec 150A
Monitoring: Yamaha NS-10s with YSD 100 subwoofer, Quested VH3208 (A), JBL Custom Mains (A), Westlake BBSM-4 (B), Quested Q410 with 2 18" Bag End subwoofers (B), JBL 4435 (C), Hear Back Personal Monitor System
Software: Pro Tools 9
Instruments & Amps: Steinway Model A3 Grand Piano, Hammond A100 with Leslie (Model 147), Mellotron 400 with Voices/Flutes/Cello, Hohner Clavinet D6, Fender Twin Reverb - Silver Face w/ Master Volume, Fender Super Reverb - Blackface, Fender Speaker Cabinet 2x15, Ampeg Gemini 22, Ampeg Guitar Amp Head (70 Watt SS 140C), Marshall JCM900 (100 Watt), Marshall Speaker Cabinet 4x12 w/ 35 Watt Greenbacks, Hiwatt Custom 100 with 4x12 Speaker Cabinet